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Flashback: Bernie Sanders Once Said Venezuela Embodied 'American Dream' More Than US

Remind me: What’s happening in Venezuela?

The oil-rich nation has been plunged into poverty and chaos. People are living from meal to meal, taking turns to dig through trash to try to find scraps of food and resorting to zoo animals, rats and dogs for meat. Children are starving to death at unprecedented rates.

Who thought this was a good idea?

On Monday, President Donald Trump said in an address to the U.N. that Venezuela’s problem “is not that socialism has been poorly implemented but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

Former Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was praised as a revolutionary for instating sweeping socialist reforms. Nicolas Maduro took over after Chavez’s death in 2013, vowing to continue his policies of state control.

Economists say reckless government spending and state control are a big part of the problem, and the Venezuelan government is deeply in debt and dealing with the falling price of oil.

Progressive Hollywood celebrities and self-titled socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders have pointed to Venezuela as an example of socialism working. In 2011, Sanders said that “the American dream is more apt to be realized in South America, in places such as Ecuador, Venezuela and Argentina.”

Glenn’s take:

“Venezuela was supposed to be the crown jewel. It’s the progressive paradise,” Glenn reminded listeners on Wednesday’s “The Glenn Beck Radio Program.”

Sanders once praised countries with food lines, saying that rationing was a sign of equality and success.

“Ask a Venezuelan what it’s like to deal with food rationing … to get turned away and then have to go dig through the trash in a last-ditch effort to feed your family,” Glenn said.

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GLENN: Venezuela was supposed to be the crown jewel. It's the progressive paradise. Everyone in Hollywood praised Venezuela: Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Naomi Campbell, Michael Moore, Bernie Sanders. All of them.

In fact, on Bernie Sanders own website, he claimed that if the American Dream would be more apt to be realized in Venezuela, then in the United States.

So why is it that everyone loves Venezuela? I think probably because it was a country that had so much promise. And then when they went and started to really fully embrace socialism entirely, none of us ever lived there.

What does the utopia actually look like? Inflation nears now -- sorry, 800 percent.

Basic goods like toilet paper are severely rationed. The nation with the largest oil reserves in the world has to implement -- import oil. And has oil and gasoline shortages.

What's really so heartbreaking, the people are struggling for food every single day. At night, many citizens go on the prowl to hunt for rats, cats, or dogs.

This is what progressives across the world call a paradise. Misery is the politics. Ask Bernie Sanders, the lack of food is, believe it or not, a sign of success.

BERNIE: You know, it's funny. Sometimes American journalists talk how bad a country is because people are lining up for food. That's a good thing. In other countries, people don't line up for food. The rich get the food, and the poor starve to death.

GLENN: Ask a Venezuelan what it's like to deal with food rationing, what is it like to stand in line for food. To get turned away and then have to go dig through the trash in a last-ditch effort to have to feed your family. Ask them what it's like to watch their leaders rip up the Constitution and seize even more power and more control. Power and control. Power and control.

In the end, I don't care if it's the Nazis or the communists, I don't care if it's the left or the right, there is another way.

Individual freedom. Power and control in the end, that is what the progressive, socialist, left and right agenda is always all about.

THE GLENN BECK PODCAST

'They believe their job is to REMAKE your child': WSJ writer warns public schools may be LOST to woke trans activism

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it has become incredibly dangerous, Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier told Glenn on the most recent episode of "The Glenn Beck Podcast."

Shrier's book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, she warned, it could end your parental rights for good.

Shrier made it clear she is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy No. 1 to many activists. Her book has been bashed so hard by the Left that Target has stopped selling it twice, Amazon once banned ads for it, and the American Booksellers Association even called sending it to others "a serious, violent incident."

In the clip below, Shrier explained why she believes "there may be no hope for the public school system."

"You have teachers behaving like activists across the country who have no interest in actually teaching. They believe their job is to remake your child," she asserted. "We're seeing so much evidence of that, I think it's fair to say that it may be too deeply rooted in the ideology being taught in public school. I'm not sure that the public school system is redeemable at this point."

Watch the video clip below for more or find the full podcast with Abigail Shrier here:

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Is California ‘PURPOSEFULLY’ destroying this small business?

It seems like some politicians are purposefully trying to destroy the lives and dreams of certain Americans, specifically small business owners. Dave Foldes spoke to Glenn over six months ago after THIS audience raised thousands of dollars for his restaurant that refused to close: Cronies Sports Grill. Now, despite making progress in his administrative battle against LA, the city of Agoura Hills, California is coming for Cronies instead. And the reasoning is INSANE. But Foldes isn't giving up, and neither are his supporters. It's the ultimate David vs. Goliath showdown.

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Trans Activism Will End Your Parental Rights | Abigail Shrier | Ep 110

There's a new "reality" spreading, and the mere act of questioning it is incredibly dangerous. Just ask Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Abigail Shrier. Her book, "Irreversible Damage: The Transgender Craze Seducing Our Daughters," exposes the radical gender activism that — just like critical race theory — has overtaken our children's schools and culture. But even worse, Shrier argues it could end your parental rights for good. She is by no means "anti-trans," but simply speaking up against the extremes of this new "reality" has made her enemy number one to the activists. Recently, the American Booksellers Association even called sending her book to others "a serious, violent incident." Abigail joins Glenn to lay out just how slippery this slope has proven to be and what we — conservatives and liberals — must do to protect our children.

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DEADLY Negligence: Exposing the REAL Origins & Coverup of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Who were the people and groups involved with coronavirus research, and what really went down before and after the pandemic began? On "Glenn TV" this week, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to outline a tale of negligence and then, coverup. The elites of the world - the people calling themselves experts - trusted the Chinese Communist Party with one of the most dangerous weapons we can imagine on this planet--a virus.

Glenn reveals who was involved in a definitive timeline, and argues: If proof of a lab leak does come out, the worlds needs to know EVERYONE that was involved. We must expose the coverup and attempt to control the narrative of the pandemic origins. Everyone from Big Tech, the media, the Chinese and even our own government have been involved. What lies behind the coverup could reveal the dirty secret that, in order to cut corners, the academic elites and government entrusted Communist China with a civilization-killing virus.

Watch the full episode below:

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